Beginners learn the basics at Skyhawks sports camps

  • Pamela Brice<br>Shoreline / Lake Forest Park Enterprise editor
  • Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:53am

Show up at any public park in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mill Creek or Shoreline during the day this summer and you’re bound to find kids having fun playing soccer, baseball, roller hockey or golf.

Skyhawks Sports Camps has partnered with local Parks and Recreation departments to offer camps for kids ages 4-14.

“I really like it because we learn a new concept each day like dribbling and shooting, and the coaches are really nice,” said sixth-grader Alison Hascall, who is participating in a Skyhawks soccer camp at Shoreline Center.

“We offer soccer, baseball, basketball, flag football, golf, roller hockey, tennis, volleyball and a program called mini-hawks for ages 4-7 that’s a multi-sport camp,” said Kris Braun, regional director for Skyhawks.

“Our big mission is to make sure kids always have a chance to play sports, and that it’s not as intense as varsity or select. We fill a niche for the beginner or intermediate kids — for those kids who want to improve their skills or just try a new sport, they can come and have a great time.”

The day camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekly, in local neighborhood parks and are taught by qualified coaches and education professionals. The average cost is about $100 for a week and includes a T-shirt and ball.

“Sports camp is great for social development, learning athletic motor skills and for kids to share in being teammates — self-esteem can be raised a ton,” Braun said.

“I appreciate the emphasis on teamwork and having fun while they are developing their skills,” said Laura Higdon, whose 6-year-old son, Sam, participated in soccer camp in Shoreline. “Sam had a blast and is looking forward to the next session in a week.”Room is still available at most Skyhawks Sports Camps, which are offered until the end of August. Register online at or call 1-800-804-3509.

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